Dancing the Reverse Turn in Viennese Waltz

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Viennese Waltz is one of the oldest ballroom dances. It is still danced to the classical Waltzes that remind one of Venice. It is the most difficult of the ballroom dances, being very fast. Your technique must be very good to perform this dance comfortably with a partner. In ballroom dancing, “reverse” means “left.” One complete reverse turn will make a 360 degree turn.

Man's steps

  1. http://www.rounddancing.net/dance/images/tails03.gifStand on your right foot with your left foot free in closed dance position, facing down the line of dance. Pull your right side back slightly to “wind up” and give yourself some momentum.
  2. Step forward on your left foot, heel first, and then rolling onto the ball of your foot, knee bent, turn about 1/8 of a turn.
  3. Step forward on the ball of your right foot, knee still bent, turning a little bit more. Use the ball of your foot only—do not lower the heel.
  4. Pivot on both feet to finish the turn (end back to line of dance) and draw your left foot in to cross in front of your right. End with your weight on your left foot on a bent knee.
  5. Step back on your right foot, turning about 1/8 of a turn.
  6. Point your left foot down line of dance. Use the ball of your foot only—do not lower the heel.
  7. Draw your right foot in, flat on the floor, until you bring your feet together. Change weight to the right foot.

Woman's steps

  1. Stand on your left foot with your right foot free in closed dance position.
  2.  Step back on your right foot, turning about 1/8 of a turn.
  3.  Point your left foot down line of dance. Use the ball of your foot only—do not lower the heel.
  4.  Draw your right foot in, flat on the floor, until you bring your feet together. Change weight to the right foot.
  5. Step forward on your left foot, heel first, and then rolling onto the ball of your foot, knee bent, turn about 1/8 of a turn.
  6. Step forward on the ball of your right foot, knee still bent, turning a little bit more. Use the ball of your foot only—do not lower the heel.
  7. Pivot on both feet to finish the turn (end back to line of dance) and draw your left foot in to cross in front of your right. End with your weight on your left foot on a bent knee.

 

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